Helen Cannings Registered MBACP (Accred)
Whether you've had counselling before, or are considering it for the first time, finding the right therapist for you is really important; someone you feel comfortable talking to. I know that considering counselling is not done lightly, it might feel daunting, but it could be the start of a better way forward. Whatever you're struggling with, I offer professional help and support.
Life is complex and at times we feel lost and unable to work things through on our own: perhaps events have taken you by surprise and left you confused; anxiety and depression may have settled into your life without you understanding how or why, or how to feel better or maybe there are events from the past that trouble you still. Talking to friends and family can help but it's not always enough or appropriate - this is where seeking professional help for yourself comes in.
For most people counselling is life-enhancing, enlightening and empowering (it can even be fun!). It can offer you new ways to relate to yourself and others. You are not alone, we are all subject to the 'human condition'.
The aims of counselling are to provide greater understanding and perspective on your problems; to understand your reactions and behaviours better and to develop personal insight and self awareness. By developing greater self-acceptance and gaining a sense of empowerment you can work towards a more positive understanding of yourself, the choices you have and the goals you want to achieve, thus enabling lasting change.
You will be listened to in confidence, with respect and empathy, and without being judged. Being an integrative counsellor means that I have studied a variety of psychological theories and approaches and we can use this knowledge to fit your individual personality and counselling needs.
I work in a friendly, down-to-earth way to build a strong therapeutic relationship with you so that you feel safe to talk about and explore whatever's going on for you.
I am an experienced counsellor working longer term on persisting or deep rooted issues, or more briefly in a solution focussed way to help you to cope with life as it is - its up to you.
My background is in group training and an enduring interest in people led me into my counselling career. I am NHS trained, have worked with the homeless and was a counsellor at The Heart of Kent Hospice for 5 years. I have been in private practice for 8 years, offering counselling from my own peaceful garden room.
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and am on their Register of Therapists.
Feel free to contact me for further information without any obligation. Fees can be negotiated in cases of hardship so please ask.
Training, qualifications & experience
Registered MBACP (Accredited)
This means I am a member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and that I have completed the additional requirements/qualification with them to be an accredited member .
Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Distinction)
5 years pre and post bereavement hospice work
Group training and therapeutic group work
1 year working with vulnerable adults in a homeless unit
8 years Private practice
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Living with a terminal diagnosis - for you, a member of your family or for a friend
Issues around being a carer
Pre-bereavement work - including the making of memory boxes for your loved ones
£40 per hour for one to one counselling
(negotiable in cases of hardship so please ask)
Free initial 20 minute consultation if requested
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I undertake to see you within a week of enquiry, if not sooner. Last appointment 6-7 pm.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|